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CoolSculpting: Remove Stubborn Fat and Tone Your Body

Looking for a way to remove stubborn fat, tone muscle, and get the slim, sculpted body you’ve always wanted? CoolSculpting may be for you! 

As the country’s most popular body sculpting procedure, more than eight million Americans have successfully undergone CoolSculpting with stunning results and little-to-no downtime. 

Let’s take a look at the ins and outs of CoolSculpting, potential candidates, and the next steps if you think the procedure is right for you!

What is CoolSculpting And How Does it Work?

CoolSculpting, or cryolipolysis, removes excess fat by freezing, killing, and breaking down stubborn fat cells. Unlike liposuction, CoolSculpting is completely non-invasive, meaning there are no incisions, cuts, or anesthesia. 

Young attractive woman in white bikini getting Cool sculpting procedure for body slimming.

Because fat cells are more susceptible to cold than other cells in the body, CoolSculpting is able to target and remove fat without damaging other areas of the body. During the procedure, your surgeon will vacuum the skin above the target area into an applicator that cools the fat cells and numbs the site. 

Most CoolSculpting procedures take anywhere from 30-60 minutes, depending on the area(s) targeted. Patients often report cold or numbness at the target site as well as minor soreness, stinging, swelling, itchiness, and mild discoloration. These minor side effects typically clear up in a couple of weeks. 

Best of all, compared to liposuction (recovery time 4-6 weeks), patients are typically cleared to return to normal activity immediately after the procedure. Again, that’s because the cold only damages the targeted fat cells–it does not affect the rest of the body. It may take around 4-6 months for patients to see optimal results.

Who is A Candidate?

Do you have:

  1. Stubborn fat you can pinch with your fingers?
  2. A desire to get rid of it?
  3. Time to see results?

If you said yes to any or all of the above, CoolSculpting could be the tool to help you achieve your dream body!

an optimal candidate for a CoolSculpting procedure standing on the beach in white shorts and a white top

However, CoolSculpting isn’t for everyone. It won’t help you lose an excessive amount of weight (30-40+ lbs). After all, it is not a weight-loss procedure. It’s meant to tighten, tone, and sculpt the body by getting rid of stingy fat that hasn’t responded to diet, exercise, or other forms of treatment. 

The best way to tell if you’re an ideal candidate is to schedule a consultation with your surgeon. We’ll make sure you’re at or close to your ideal weight, are in good health (without certain conditions), and then develop a plan to freeze away your annoying fat cells!

Is CoolSculpting Right For You?

CoolSculpting is FDA-approved and has both a high success and satisfaction rate among patients. However, it’s only one option for removing stubborn fat cells. 

If you’ve decided CoolSculpting could be an option for you, request a consultation with us today! 


Feel Your Best in Your Summer Skin!

The summer months are a time for sun-kissed skin, showing off your glistening, bronzed summer body, and feeling your best and most confident. At the same time, too much exposure to the sun can have a major detrimental impact on your summer skin. 

Let’s take a look at how to keep your skin safe and healthy during the most UV-intensive summer months!

Taking Care of Your Skin

Your skin makes up about 15% of your total body weight. Though it may grow, stretch, blemish, scar, or otherwise change, you only get one set in a lifetime. But did you know the outermost layer of skin–the epidermis–is actually made up of a bunch of dead cells?

It actually gets its strength and suppleness from the dense makeup of keratin–a complex protein–found in those cells. You can also find keratin in the organs, glands, hair, and nails.

a smiling young man with healthy, radiant, glowing skin

The biggest danger to healthy skin is overexposure to the sun. In fact, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime. Exposure to UV rays, combined with a lack of preventative, hydrating measures (which can be found below), can lead to irreversible skin damage–including premature aging, wrinkles, loss of elasticity, increased risk of skin cancer, and even increased risk of cataracts

That’s because the sun’s UV rays–especially in summer–easily break down collagen and other vital skin components. When sunlight hits unprotected skin, it damages healthy cells. Over time, the signs of damage become more noticeable. Some people even develop more freckles, age spots, skin growths, and even skin cancer. 

How can you keep your skin safe, strong, and healthy? Combined with a healthy skin care regimen, the answer is sunscreen!

The Importance of Sunscreen

Your skin gets bombarded by harmful UV rays on a daily basis, and even more so in the summer. The very first line of defense is a sunscreen with a good sun protection factor or SPF. While most people mistakenly believe SPF refers to the amount of time one can spend in the sun, it actually refers to the amount of UV exposure. As SPF value increases, so does protection against sunburn and additional skin damage. 

Selecting the proper sunscreen depends on myriad factors, including time in the sun, time of day, amount of sunscreen applied, and even your skin type. The American Cancer Society recommends a sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection, SPF of 30 or higher, and reapplication of water-resistant sunscreen (water-resistant ≠ waterproof). 

In addition to the regular application of sunscreen, you should also cover up as much as possible if you’re going to be in the sun for an extended period of time. That can include wearing covering clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses–especially those that block at least 99% of UV light.

Look to limit your time in the sun between 10 am and 4 pm–when UV rays are at their strongest. Finally, avoid artificial tanning beds and sunlamps–as both can cause serious, long-term skin damage and contribute to skin cancer. 

Summer Skin Care Tips

Summer skincare doesn’t begin and end with sunscreen and UV protection protocols. In addition to sunscreen, the cornerstones of healthy skin are cleansing, detoxification, antioxidants, Vitamin A, and hydration. In other words, sunscreen is just one part of keeping your skin radiant, beautiful, and healthy during the summer. 

a young woman applying sunscreen to her back shoulder

Cleansing, detoxifying, hydrating, and antioxidizing your skin starts at night. Essentially, you work off the stress, wear, and grime of the day with a blend of premium skincare products, like Ageless Millenial Aesthetics by Estéticoceuticals. Removing toxins, exfoliating, and hydrating your skin is the key to starting each new day with a blank canvas. 

Daytime skincare products, like the Days skincare line, help protect against the damaging rays of the sun, prevent cellular damage, and rehydrate and restore suppleness to the delicate tissues of the eyelids and lips.

A combination daytime/nighttime skincare regimen works in concert to help to improve skin turnover, repair the damaging effects of pollution and sun exposure, smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and hydrate the skin. That means healthy, glowing skin not only in the UV-intensive summer months but in the cold, dry winter months as well!

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Keep Your Skin Healthy All Year Long!

Your skin lasts forever. While it’s tempting to have a toned, tanned body all year long, there are good and bad ways of going about it. In other words, there’s no reason you can’t feel your best all year long–as long as you do it safely. 

Choose and maintain a skin care regimen, take care to apply sunscreen and wear sunglasses/sun protection when out in the sun, and avoid artificial tanning salons.

Together, that’s a healthy starting point for soaking up rays and getting the most out of what should be a beautiful summer! 

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Pre and Post-Op: What to Know About Your Body Procedure

Obtaining a beautiful, healthier body is easier than you might think. Whether you’ve become dissatisfied with your appearance due to age, genetics, pregnancy, or the rigors of life, cosmetic body procedures can help restore a tighter, more youthful look–and your self-confidence! If you’ve been thinking about a cosmetic procedure, such as liposuction, tummy tuck, mommy makeover, or body contouring, here’s what you need to know to prepare for best results, including what to do and what to expect before, during, and after your procedure. 

a candidate for liposuction or tummy tuck

Early Pre-Op: First Steps

So you’ve noticed some extra skin-or perhaps things simply aren’t as tight and young-looking as they once were. If diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes aren’t enough, the next step is a consultation with your surgeon. We’ll go over all the options available to you, including:

-Tummy Tuck

-Liposuction

-Mommy Makeover

-Labiaplasty

-Brazilian Butt Lift

-Thigh Lift

-Arm Lift

-Gynecomastia Correction

If any of the above is a fit, it’s time to plan your surgery date and start preparing for your procedure. 

Like for any other procedure, smokers should aim to stop nicotine usage for at least 4 weeks pre-procedure and stay smoke-free for 4 weeks post-procedure to reduce the risk of complications like infection. Nicotine use may also cause nausea, aggravate the lungs, and decrease blood flow during surgery–all of which puts your body at more risk of heart attack or stroke. 

Your surgical team will also advise on what medications to continue or discontinue. Typically, patients are advised against taking NSAIDS, blood thinners, and Vitamin C, herbal, or weight-loss supplements for at least 2-4 weeks pre-procedure. Be sure to go over your complete list of medications and supplements with your surgical team to avoid potential interactions with anesthesia and/or post-operative prescribed medication. 

Finally, depending on the procedure being performed, patients may be asked to complete lab work (such as CBC, blood chemistry tests, or liver function panel) in order to be cleared for surgery. Your surgeon may also ask for body scans or imaging, such as MRI, CT, or X-Ray. 

Pre-Op: Just Before Surgery

The best time to plan your recovery is just before your procedure. Recovery time may vary depending on the procedure, from as little as 5-7 days for liposuction or up to 6 weeks for a Brazilian Butt Lift.

In the days leading up to your surgery, fill any prescriptions you’ll need post-op, plan out easy meals, and clear your schedule so you can rest and recuperate. It can also help to have someone nearby for the first 24 hours post-op to help with basic tasks and ensure the patient can rest comfortably. 

Additionally, patients should abstain from alcohol for roughly 72 hours before their procedure, as it can affect their immune system.

The Day of the Procedure

If you have questions or concerns, don’t wait until the day of your procedure to bring them up. Remember, communication and transparency are crucial to both a quick recovery and best results. 

Your surgeon will tell you what medications you can and cannot take leading up to, directly before, and after your procedure, including the morning of. Be sure to follow your surgeon’s recommendations regarding food and drink; most procedures don’t permit eating or drinking after midnight the night before your procedure. 

Dress comfortably and avoid wearing jewelry. Have your insurance card and all proper documents handy, as well as your personal effects securely organized. 

Make arrangements for someone to drive you both to and from your procedure, as well as to stay nearby for at least the first 24 hours so you can rest and focus on your recovery. Try to arrive at our facility to give yourself enough time to adequately check-in and prepare for your procedure. 

Post-Op: Just After Surgery

After your procedure, the most common side effects are mild discomfort, bruising, swelling, and redness. The most important immediate treatments are rest and ice. We recommend taking any prescribed pain medication before you start to feel pain and/or discomfort. Preventing pain is easier than trying to manage it. 

a patient pulling up their shirt to reveal surgeons markings before a body procedure

Depending on which procedure you had (namely liposuction, Brazilian Butt Lift, and arm lift), your surgeon may provide a compression garment to help the skin tighten up and facilitate healing. These also reduce swelling and provide much-needed support to core muscles as part of the healing process. Your surgeon will provide instructions, including how to wear it and how long to wear it. 

Once our team has determined it’s safe, you can return home. As mentioned, it’s important to have someone to drive you home and stay with you so you can rest and recover. 

Within a few days post-procedure, your doctor will check your bandages, assess your condition, and ensure you’re well on your way to optimal recovery. Make sure to let your doctor know if you’re experiencing any significant pain or discomfort, as these may be signs of something serious.  

Post-Op: What to Expect After Your Procedure

You should expect soreness, swelling, and mild discomfort for at least a few weeks post-procedure. It’s normal to experience fatigue or tiredness as part of the healing process; it can take 5-6 weeks for you to return to your pre-procedure energy levels. 

Try to walk a little each day and remember to stay hydrated. Avoid strenuous activity such as exercise or heavy lifting. Start with light activity and bit-by-bit, ramp up the intensity, but avoid abdominal exercises and stay away from bicycle riding, jogging, weight lifting, and aerobics for at least 6-8 weeks. 

Recovery from body procedures can range anywhere from a few days to 6 weeks or more. Typically, however, patients can return to work within one week of the procedure (depending on how strenuous the job is). Again, depending on what procedure you had, there are various limitations. For example, labiaplasty patients are advised against sexual intercourse for at least 6-8 weeks post-procedure. 

Your surgeon will also schedule a follow-up appointment (within a week of the initial procedure) to monitor your progress and recovery, as well as to finalize any parts of the procedure. It is possible you may need an additional follow-up procedure to correct any issues that arise from the first surgery or if you’re not satisfied with your initial results. However, it may take months before you can accurately determine your satisfaction with your new look. 

Women Who May Become Pregnant

A common question often asked is whether or not women who may become pregnant again should undergo cosmetic surgery like liposuction, tummy tuck, or a mommy makeover. While there is no inherent harm to fertility, we typically advise patients to wait until they’re done having children. The significant changes that occur during pregnancy often counteract the work done by cosmetic procedures, meaning patients often require revisional procedures if they become pregnant again after surgery. 

Pre and Post-Op Recap

Early pre-op: 

Quit smoking & nicotine use. 

Talk to your doctor about what medications you can and cannot use. 

Complete lab work.

Ask any questions/clear any concerns. 

Late pre-op

No alcohol for 72 hours pre-procedure.

Fill any prescriptions you need post-op. 

Clear out your schedule to prepare for rest and recovery. 

Day of procedure:

Arrive early enough to check in and prepare for your procedure.

Dress comfortably, and avoid jewelry. 

Have insurance card/important documents handy. 

Days-weeks post-op:

Rest & ice.

Wear compression garments

Avoid strenuous activity for ~ one-week post-procedure. 

Follow up appointments with your team.

Love your new body!

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At DeLuca Plastic Surgery, the difference is in the details. Whether you’re looking to regain your pre-pregnancy body or roll back the years, our team of experienced professionals has the proven results you’re looking for. From the moment you meet with us for your consultation to the moment you revel in your new look after your procedure, you’ll feel comfortable, listened to, and taken care of. Get in touch with us today to schedule your in-person consultation, phone-in consultation, or instant email consultation, and start on the road to loving your new body!


Pre and Post-Op: What to Know About Your Facial Procedure

When it comes to your cosmetic procedure, pre and post-op care are just as important as the overall results. In fact, proper care, both pre and post-op, is instrumental for the best results. For your facial procedure, let’s go over what to expect, do’s and don’ts, and everything else vital to your pre and post-op care to maximize your results, minimize your recovery time and discomfort, and become your best self!

a healthy looking, smiling woman with great skin

Early Pre-Op: First Steps

Once you’ve consulted with your surgeon, settled on your desired facial procedure, and booked the date, the next step is proper self-care and preparation. 

Smokers: Smoking slows the body’s healing process by decreasing blood flow and inhibiting inflammation. Quitting 4-6 weeks before your procedure and staying smoke-free for at least 4 weeks post-op can decrease your risk of complications and help speed up the recovery process. It’s important to note that nicotine replacement, while safer than smoking, is still toxic. For best results, we recommend complete cessation and abstinence from nicotine for at least 4 weeks pre-op and 4 weeks post-op. 

Roughly two weeks before surgery, patients should stop taking any blood-thinning medications, as well as any medications containing Vitamin E, diet pills and supplements, and aspirin or ibuprofen. You should discuss your medication list and physical history with your surgeon at your consultation. 

Part of your preparation for a facial procedure also involves taking care of the skin on your face. For best results, we recommend a facial regimen with Vitamin C, Retinyl, and Moisturizing serums. This will help keep your face hydrated, moisturized, and ready for your procedure. 

Pre-Op: Just Before Surgery

On the day just before your procedure, in addition to clearing out your schedule so you can rest and heal unimpeded, you should begin your antibiotics, as well as your Arnica (a holistic anti-inflammatory). 

Antibacterial (or antimicrobial soap) is instrumental to your recovery. On both the night before surgery and the morning of, it’s important to wash your face thoroughly with this soap, as it will help minimize the risk of infection. 

Continue your antibiotics and Arnica through the date of surgery, including the morning of your procedure. If you take an anxiolytic for your procedure, take that the morning of as well.

The Day of the Procedure

Don’t wait until the day of your surgery to ask your surgical team questions. If you have any questions or concerns in the days or weeks leading up to your procedure, be sure to contact your team without delay.

*Remember, communication and transparency are crucial to both a quick recovery and best results!*

As mentioned, your surgeon will tell you what medications you can and cannot take leading up to, directly before, and after your procedure, including the morning of. You should also arrange transportation to and from the facility. Depending on the procedure(s) performed, we also recommend having a loved one nearby for the first few days of healing. This can help the patient rest and focus on recovery. 

Post-Op: Just After Surgery

Immediately after surgery, the most important things to remember are to keep the head elevated and to apply ice to help reduce swelling. As mentioned, we recommend having someone nearby for at least the first 24 hours post-op, to help the patient follow these two rules. Take any prescribed pain medications before you begin to feel discomfort–it’s easier to prevent pain than to try to control it. 

Continue your antibiotics, Arnica, and any other medications as recommended by your surgeon immediately following your procedure. Try to restrict your activities for at least a few days post-procedure. It may take up to a week or longer to feel “back to normal”-at which point you can resume physical activity. 

Post-Op: What to Expect After Your Procedure

Both bleeding and swelling are completely normal side effects of a facial procedure. Both should be easily controlled with rest, elevation, ice, and medication. If persistent bleeding or swelling occurs, contact your surgeon immediately. 

As early as you can post-procedure, we recommend washing with antibacterial soap again. Continue your antibiotics, Arnica, and any other medications as directed by your surgeon. We also recommend the application of CBD restorative creams to help pain/numbness relief, moisturizing, and healing. 

About one week to one-month post-op, you can discontinue your antibiotics. Remember to take the entire prescription, however, as avoiding even one dose can significantly reduce the efficacy. Continue your Arnica and CBD creams and consult with your surgical team about scar management. 

Scar management: We begin scar management strategies about 10-14 days post-op. These include the use of sunscreen, gentle massages of the operative area, and the use of silicone-based gel to encourage optimal scar maturation. We continue these scar management strategies for up to a year post-op to ensure full scar maturation. 

We also recommend patients start warm compresses around this time to reduce bruising. Your surgeon will tell you what compresses or apparel is best for your specific procedure. Continue use of these garments as recommended by your surgeon for as long as needed post-op. 

Pre and Post-Op Recap

Early pre-op: 

Quit smoking & nicotine use. 

Stop taking blood-thinners, Vitamin E, ibuprofen/aspirin, and dietary supplements. 

Begin facial regimen. 

Ask any questions/clear any concerns. 

Late pre-op

Begin antibiotics, Arnica. 

Clear out schedule to aid in rest and recovery. 

Wash face with antibacterial/antimicrobial soap. 

Day of procedure:

Continue taking antibiotics, Arnica.

For IN-OFFICE PROCEDURES, if you take an anxiolytic for your procedure, take that the morning of as well.

Keep head elevated, apply ice.

Days-weeks post-op:

Continue to wash with antibacterial/antimicrobial soap.

Continue antibiotics, Arnica. Remember to take entire course of antibiotics.

Apply CBD restorative cream for pain/numbness, moisturizing, and healing. 

Start scar management. 

Start warm compresses to relieve bruising. 

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From face and neck lifts to facial implants, rhinoplasty, eyelid lifts and so much more, DeLuca Plastic Surgery offers dazzling results customized to your needs. We also take great pride in walking our patients through all the aspects of pre and post-op care. From answering your questions to outlining a customized treatment plan to standing by your side through recovery, DeLuca Plastic Surgery is about more than just results. Our over 30 years of experience is a testament to the personalized, professional care we provide to each patient who walks through our doors. 

If you’re ready to experience a different side of cosmetic surgery, book a consultation with DeLuca Plastic Surgery today. We offer in-person, phone-in, and instant email consultations. 

Choose the right experience for you and start on the road to changing your life today!


Quick Cosmetic Fixes For Summer!

Summer is here, which means the weather is heating up and the clothes are coming off. For many people, however, body insecurity can mean the difference between soaking up the summer rays in style and hiding behind covering, bulky, hot clothes. Fortunately, there’s a solution! With advances in cosmetic surgery, you can get ready for summer in a pinch with minimal recovery time!

a female patient holding her flank, an area focused for liposuction

Get That Beach Body With Minimal Recovery Time

If your body insecurities are keeping you from enjoying activities like swimming or exercising, there’s relief. Patients can undergo liposuction to the arms, love handles, and neck with recovery time no longer than a couple of weeks. 

Liposuction is the perfect, minimally-invasive way to give yourself the body you want with minimal downtime and scarring. After a couple weeks of compression and downtime, you’ll be ready to display your new body-before we even hit the dog days of summer!

For women, summer is a great time to finally get that breast augmentation. Now you can have the beach body you’ve always wanted in time for the hottest days of the summer. Through breast augmentation with fat, you can be back to exercising as little as one week after the procedure, with a return to full activity in four short weeks. 

There’s Time to Get the Body You Want This Summer

It’s never too late to get the body of your dreams. Contact our office to set up a consultation today, and we’ll discuss how to get you into a body you can be proud to show off this summer!

From liposuction to breast augmentation and more, DeLuca Plastic Surgery can turn your body insecurity into body positivity. Read about past success stories, set up a consultation, and change your life forever today!


Correcting Tuberous Breasts with Surgery

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What Are Tuberous Breasts

Tuberous breasts is a condition where the breasts form into a tube-like shape because of constriction at the base of the breasts during development. The breasts also tend to develop farther apart and unevenly than a normal chest. The breasts are often characterized by enlarged areolas and sagging. Although this condition may prevent a woman from breast-feeding, it doesn’t lead to any other pregnancy or fertility related issues.

Women with tuberous breasts may range from type one, which is the mildest to type five, which is the most severe. With type one, only the lower inside of the breast is constricted. In the most severe cases, the entire breast is constricted and can be physically deforming.

Impact of Tuberous Breasts

While having this condition isn’t necessarily a physical concern for health related reasons, it can be psychologically troubling to women who suffer from this condition. Many women tend to be self-conscious about their breasts, and shy away from intimacy, or are embarrassed to get undressed in front of their partner.

There are also other issues to consider for someone with tuberous & tubular breasts. Many women tend to have trouble finding bras or other undergarments that fit properly. Some women have to specially order their bras in order to support their breasts correctly.

Surgical Correction

The correction of tubular breast deformity is to augmentation with a lift surgery. For women who are self-conscious or frustrated about the shape of their breasts, a surgeon can correct the size and fill out the shape. The doctor can also thin the area around the nipple in cases where the areola is large or puffy.

Although the surgery is challenging, the surgeons of Deluca Plastic Surgery have a track record of being able to achieve beautiful results for their patients. It’s important to discuss the surgery and your expectations with your doctor before heading into the operating room, if you are considering this type of surgery. In many cases, surgery can correct this condition restoring the breasts completely.

Recovery

Initial recovery after tuberous breast surgery is about 2 weeks. During this period the implant position is managed and the skin is allowed to begin healing. Patients of Dr. David Tauber at DeLuca Plastic Surgery can often return to work or social engagements in 2-3 weeks. Physical activity and exercise are started at 4 weeks and patients are back to full activity without restrictions at 8 weeks.

Get more details on the management of swelling and scars in blog post: Post-Operative Care After Plastic Surgery.


Post-Operative Care After Plastic Surgery

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Post-operative care after surgery helps patients achieve their optimal results. The mainstays of the first week of surgical recovery are skin care, rest, ice, elevation, preventing bruising, and controlling swelling. As patients enter the second week of recovery our efforts switch to focus on contour and scar management and massage. Specific recommendations are tailored to each surgery and patient needs.

Elevation and Icing

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Surgical recovery usually begins with elevation and icing. To make icing the face easier, we recommend the TheraPearl Reusable Hot & Cold Therapy Face or Eye Mask. These masks utilize gel beads to better focus the cooling effect of the mask. Elevation of the head can be achieved by sleeping on a couple of pillows, however, the Brentwood Home Zuma Therapeutic Foam Bed Wedge Pillow makes it easier and more comfortable to maintain the elevation in any sleeping position.

Skin Care

To help with pain control and better skin hydration during the healing process we all recommend the Restore and Repair line from Ageless Millennial Aesthetics. The Restore and Repair line of skin care creams and serums includes the CBD and hyaluronic acid-infused CBD Restorative Cream and the Triple Peptide Repair Serum. This combination helps provide the hydration and essential building blocks the skin needs to recover after surgery.

Discover more skincare recommendations by checking out our blog post: Skin Care In The Age of COVID.

Bruising and Swelling

In addition to icing and elevation, for all surgeries we recommend, most patients take anti-bruising supplements, such as Boiron Arnica Montana and Bruizex (Bromelain), starting before surgery and continuing for about a month after surgery. These supplements help to prevent and resolve bruising after surgery.

Scar Management

Scar Tape
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At about 10 – 14 days after surgery, post-operative scar management strategies are begun. Sunscreens, such as Neutrogena Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, help block the UV rays and prevent the scars from staying dark/too pink. Gentle massage of the incisions and operative area encourages blood flow, helps to breast down scar tissue, and keeps the scars from getting too raised.

Silicone-based scar tape is recommended to help encourage optimal scar maturation for breast and body surgery and scaring after minor procedures, Soothing Silicone Scar Tape from Estéticoceuticals is a waterproof, soft, silky tape that can easily be worn under clothes and only needs to be replaced every 3-7 days. For scar management after face surgery, Mederma Advanced Scar Gel is a clear gel that dries to a thin layer.

These scar management products are continued for the full scar maturation period of a year or more. Typically the darkness or redness of the scar is the last to disappear.

Bras

Breast support is critical after augmentation, reduction, and lifting procedures. Our patients recommend SheFit and Marina Bras for their unparalleled support and comfort.

Compression Garments

Compression after body contouring help to control swelling and contour irregularities that can result after liposuction and skin removal surgeries. The day after body contouring surgery patients are placed into a binder or Stage One compression garment. This garment is made of a stiff material that provides a high amount of compression. Patients often purchase additional binders or Stage One garments for their convenience.

Woman in Stage One Garment

Deluca Plastic Surgery recommends Marena Recovery garments. These garments provide firm, form-fitting compression to help control the swelling that occurs in the weeks after surgery. These garments are tailored to your specific operation.

After about 2-3 weeks of wearing this garment, patients are encouraged to purchase Stage Two garments to complete their healing process. These later stage garments provide more even compression and are less bulky than Stage One garments.

For men, our patients recommend Underworks and Marena compression garments. These compression garments come in a range of styles and have several models tailored specifically to the post-operative management of gynecomastia and FTM patients.


Deciding On Your Best Option: Mid Facelift vs. Mini Facelift

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There are multiple types of facelifts; determining which procedure is right for you can be difficult. We want to help our patients make the right choices concerning their personal appearance, so we’re going to help you select a procedure that will benefit you the most. Specifically, let’s examine the differences between a Mid Facelift and a Mini Lift. These two techniques are somewhat similar, so distinguishing which one is for you will be dependent on factors unique to each individual.

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Nothing But Neck – Kybella vs. Liposuction To Treat Neck Fat

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Fullness of the neck due to excess neck fat can be treated with both invasive and non-invasive strategies. Reduction of this fat can give better definition to the jaw like and neck and make patients look younger and more fit.

Kybella

Kybella is a non-invasive injection that has been recently approved by the FDA to help improve the appearance of fullness associated with the submental fat of the neck in adults. Young adults, with a moderate amount of excess fat and good skin tone are usually good candidates.

During a office based Kybella treatment, the neck is first cleaned and numbed with topical lidocaine. A pattern is drawn on the neck and the product is injected into the fat of the central neck – dissolving the fat. The body then absorbs the fat over several weeks. There is swelling that occurs and may be bruising and some numbness in the area during this time. The injections are usually done once every six weeks and it usually it usually takes at least two treatments to achieve the desired improvement. (more…)


Current Trends in Labiaplasty – The Edge vs. The Wedge

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Women seek labiaplasty for many reasons ranging from discomfort with intercourse and pinching in tight clothing to purely cosmetic reasons. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery there has been a significant increase in the number of these tissue reduction and restructuring procedures — an astonishing 48 percent rise in 2014 from 2013. Workout gear is becoming tighter and women are becoming more self conscious about how they look in lycra enhanced tight clothing.

Although there are variations in technique and equipment used, labiaplasty most often involves reducing the size of one or both of the labia minora through one of two basic techniques. Both techniques attempt to preserve the nerves to the skin within the mucosa instead of simply removing it. In addition,  both techniques can be extended to reduce some of the excess clitoral hood.

The first technique is a straight-line (trim) excision. It reduces the excess tissue in straight line front to back. This technique is more straightforward and has the added benefit of reducing the unsightly thickened free border of the labia. There are variations on trim that include the Lazy-S Labiaplasty and the Extended Excision Labiaplasty.

Labiaplasty Incisions
Labiaplasty Incisions

The second most common technique is the wedge excision. It reduces a pie-shaped wedge of tissue from the central portion of the labia. The remaining tissue at the front and back is then brought together and closed. This technique preserves the free border, however, it is more complex and requires additional incisions to reduce the dog-ear that forms. There are variations to the original wedge resection including the the Z-Plasty Wedge Labiaplasty, the Hockey Stick Wedge Labiaplasty, and the DOVE (Double Opposing V-Plasty with Extended Deepithelizing) Wedge Labiaplasty.

The choice of technique is based on patient preference and is tailored by Dr. David Tauber to each patients needs. A detailed examination will help delineate the best surgical treatment.

Get more details on the management of swelling and scars in blog post: Post-Operative Care After Plastic Surgery.


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